Axbridge Chamber of Commerce member’s list of talks that range from Captain Cook to climate change and from the mystery of time to the wonders of lavender

Carole and Barry Hamblin in their lavender field. Pic: Weston Mercury


After 25 years flying in the RAF as a navigator I found myself running a training company for airline pilots for 25 years after doing a favour for a friend.

My wife has a lavender business (I am the tractor driver) and when she opened a shop which was too large for her sole use I closed my training company and took the spare half of the shop to indulge my passion for selling antiques. My wife and I give talks on the history of lavender, growing lavender and how it is used (see Lavender and Co) and this, together with being a trustee of our small but beautiful local museum and a love of antiques and history, has resulted in me giving number of talks on a variety of historical subjects.

The RAF trained me to instruct and I just love presenting the subjects I care so much about.

Time Gentlemen Please – The history of the measurement of time. 

Remember, Remember – The story of the gunpowder plot.

Dispelling the Myths of Climate Change – There is a great deal more to climate change than carbon dioxide.

In search of Terra Incognita – The life and voyages of Captain James Cook.

N.B.  I have found that this talk is a lot of information in one session and takes well over an hour.   I can do this as one talk but recommend that it is broken down into two talks:

From the Farm to the Fleet – How James Cook, the son of a farm labourer, became the most respected navigator and map maker in the Royal Navy in the 18th century.

In search of Terra Incognita – The three voyages of James Cook and how he mapped the unknown third of the world’s surface.

Lavender, the Forgotten Herb – The history of lavender in this country, how it is grown, the different varieties, its properties and uses. We make a number of lavender based products and we can bring examples which we can show you and which, if you wish, can be purchased after the talk.

In preparation: Bristol Airport: Past, Present and Future – I think the title says it all !

My fee is £50 per talk plus mileage (25p/mile) if outside Somerset.
Telephone: Landline 01934 733939, Baz mobile 07979 994126, Carole mobile 07818 665729.
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